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December 19, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates rose a bit this week following positive news on home building, with Freddie Mac saying lenders were offering a 30-year fixed-rate loan at an average of 4.47%, up from 4.42% last week. The average for a 15-year fixed was 3.51%, up from 3.43% last week, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. Its survey assumes borrowers have solid credit and income, provide at least 20% down payments or home equity, and pay less than 1% of the loan amount in lender fees and points. Start rates on popular types of adjustable rate loans also were higher, Freddie Mac said.
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BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates edged higher early this week, with Freddie Mac's survey showing lenders offering 30-year fixed-rate loans to solid borrowers at 4.37%, up from 4.28% a week earlier. The average rate for a 15-year fixed home loan rose from 3.32% to 3.38%, according to Thursday's report , and the start rate also rose for variable-rate loans with an initial five years at a fixed rate. Analysts said a positive report on employment late last week contributed to the trend. The economy added a better-than-expected 175,000 jobs in February despite harsh weather, the government said, and figures for the two previous months each were revised upward by 25,000.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates have tumbled for the third straight week, with Freddie Mac pegging the 30-year fixed loan at an average of 4.22%, down from 4.32% last week to the lowest level since June. But what good is a low rate if a lender can't process your application? A protracted government shutdown would hamper the ability of lenders to confirm borrowers' incomes and identities, as well as threatening loans that are backed by agencies such as the Federal Housing Administration. “The federal government shutdown will have a growing impact on the housing market the longer it continues,” David H. Stevens, president and chief executive of the Mortgage Bankers Assn., said in a statement Thursday.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2010 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
Mortgage rates have set record lows for the eighth time in nine weeks, and the bargain-basement rates are prompting homeowners to file the most home-refinancing applications in 15 months. The average rate offered on a 30-year fixed home loan fell this week to 4.42%, down from 4.44% last week, Freddie Mac reported Thursday. The latest figure is the lowest since the giant mortgage buyer began its rate survey in 1971. Freddie Mac's weekly survey asks lenders what they are offering a solid-credit borrower with home equity of at least 20% — or, for a home purchase, a down payment of at least 20%. Along with the rates offered, lenders on average were charging 0.7% of the loan amount in upfront fees.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Fixed mortgage rates have settled down along with fears of an abrupt end to the Federal Reserve's economic stimulus efforts, with the average 30-year home loan rate falling from 4.51% last week to 4.37% early this week, according to Freddie Mac. Freddie Mac's latest survey of what lenders are offering to solid borrowers, released Thursday morning, showed the average rate for a 15-year fixed home loan also fell, from 3.53% last week...
BUSINESS
October 30, 2009 | E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates continued to drift higher this week, according to the latest survey from Freddie Mac, which reported Thursday that the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate loan was 5.03%. That was up from a flat 5% a week earlier and from an all-time low of 4.87% in the week that ended Oct. 8. The surveys assumed that borrowers with good credit were making a down payment of at least 20%. Borrowers this month have paid on average 0.7% of the loan amount in upfront charges. Rates on shorter-term fixed-rate mortgages and adjustable-rate loans also rose.
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